Chandigarh: Demanding immediate replacement of new textbooks with those “carrying comprehensive and unadulterated Sikh annals”, Several Sikh intellectuals and academicians, who assembled at the call of ‘Sikh Vichaar Manch’, on Tuesday, said the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) should reconstitute an ‘expert committee’ with overwhelming presence of Sikh historians to recast the history syllabus for senior secondary classes.
The intellectuals accused the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) of presenting the Sikh history and culture in new textbooks for Classes 11 and 12 from ultra-Hindu nationalistic perspective.
They also adopted a resolution accusing the erstwhile SAD-BJP government of initiating a project of ‘saffornising’ the Sikh history on the pretext of reshaping history syllabus as per NCERT guidelines.
“Instead of exposing the hidden agenda of the previous government pertaining to the distortion of the Sikh history, the Congress has rather lent support to that agenda by saying the latter only implemented the project started by its predecessor,” they said.
Those who attended the meeting included former IAS officers Gurtej Singh and Kulbir Singh, historian Prof Gurdashan Singh Dhillon, journalists Karamjit Singh, Jaspal Singh Sidhu, Gurpreet Singh of Kendri Singh Sabha and Akali activist Jaswinder Singh Rajpura.